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Point, Click, Punch and Kick Through Legend of Hand to Reunite a Troubled World

Only one man can restore peace to Legend of Hand's troubled world, using the power of... rap music! Oh right, this one's about Grandmaster Hand, not Grandmaster Flash. My bad. In that case, make that, the power of... martial arts! To make matters worse, Grandmaster Hand has gone missing, and guess who gets to go looking for him in a rather stylish point 'n click adventure? That's right: you do! Wax on, wax off?
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted (With Demo): Jennifer Wilde – A Point & Click Adventure Game

Paris in the 1920s can be a fun time, a simpler time, one of... well, for French artist, Jennifer Chevalier, murder most foul! The victim? Her father, of all people. Something like this would cause most people to have a mental breakdown, and this might actually have happened to the protagonist of Jennifer Wilde. I mean, to figure out what happened, an attempt is made to communicate with her father's ghost. Needless to say, she does not succeed, bringing the spirit of one ghost of Oscar Wilde into our world instead. Oh boy.
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alt.ctrl.GDC 2018 Is Searching High and Low For Alternative Controlled Games

Question: where do you find the craziest, most obscure, completely bonkers video game controllers, and of course, games created with them in mind? Answer: provided we're staying in the realm of (our) reality, alt.ctrl.GDC, without a doubt. It's been a thing for the past several years, attracting a lovely amount of attention, and from the look of things, 2018 is going to be no different. Yay, unique stuff!
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xkcd Game Jam: Turn Your Favorite xkcd Comic Into a Video Game

So, what's your favorite xkcd comic? Me, I absolutely love the absurdity of 1670. It's just so... "what?!", and really, isn't that the best kind? Oh, and the reason for my question is simple: late November, you'll be tasked with turning your favorite xkcd comic into a video game - provided you feel like partaking in the xkcd Game Jam, that is. If not, well, just do like me and play the results - of which there will hopefully be many! - once the jam is over.
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On Steam, the Week Prior: Heat Signature, Figment and… more?

Am I evil for being annoyed with the amount of utter rubbish - like super basic puzzle games and ridiculous asset flips - released with Steam these days, to the point where I wish Valve would... filter them? Maybe, but at the same time, it is pretty ridiculous. All the more reason for an article series such as this to exist, though (yay, silver lining). On that note, do keep reading for my personal picks amongst Steam additions during the recently concluded 38th week of the year 2017.
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When It Hits the Fan, Only Some Serious Twin Stick Shootin’ Can Save Mankind

In the year 199X, everything was fine. Until it wasn't, demons, zombies, robots all appearing out of nowhere, pouring out into the streets, wreaking havoc. Oh, and aliens invaded, because why not? Fortunately for mankind, we were (kinda) prepared for a situation like this: enter The Mercenary Twins! These two bad-ass gun-totin' maniacs waited their entire lives for a chance to gun down numerous bad guys. Which is incidentally also your best course of action... When It Hits the Fan!
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Dragonward is Part Resource Management, Part Old-School RPG, and It’s… Rather Odd

In this world, in this day and glorious age of video games, there are role-playing games with a ton of depth, ones that span hundreds of hours featuring super thrilling encounters and gripping stories. There are those, and then... there's Dragonward. Not thereby saying that this is a bad game, but it does seem to bear an uncanny resemblance to the likes of Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest, in how restricted everything is. Oh, and while it features a complete lack of damsels in distress, there is a mighty fearsome dragon to slay at least!
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Jump Is a Beautiful Thing Which Lets You ‘Stream’ a Slew of Groovy Indie Games

So... the concept of 'cloud gaming' has been around for a while now. Years, actually, several - including Vortex, LiquidSky and Snoost - readily available for playing video games from the comfort of your browser, freeing users from lengthy installations/downloads and overpriced AAA titles. But what about something more indie-centric? This is where recently launched Jump comes into play (get it?), focusing entirely on indie games - which already makes it better than the competition, in my books. Oh, and it already features some genuinely groovy titles!
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Get Gassy, Run as Fast as You Can, and You May be Able to… Escape Doodland

You-know-what has hit the proverbial fan in Escape Doodland, courtesy of Omnomus deciding to stop by. See, this fella is of a particularly nasty variety... the sort that likes to eat the inhabitants of Doodland. Yup. Bit of a problem right there, and no, you don't get to fight him. At least, I don't think so. Far as I can tell, your only means of defense is to run, run, and run some more. Run as fast as you can, aided by said potential Omnomus snacks as you go along. Groovy. Disturbing, but... groovy.
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The Thrilling Conclusion to Bwana and Kito’s The Journey Down Trilogy Is Finally Here

Bwana and Kito, protagonists of The Journey Down - accompanied by the lovely Lina - have come a long way since their humble (and seemingly nonsensical) beginnings in the first chapter. Crazy shenanigans, sneaky trickery and other groovy things took place - all to further their journey towards the fabled Underland. A journey which, courtesy of the recently released finale, we finally get to see the end of. Will it be a happy ending for our intrepid adventurers, or something something Armando Power Company? One way to find out...
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All Cards On Deck: Nowhere Prophet’s Post-Apocalyptic Road to Release Begins With ‘First Access’

These days it seems like every other game enters a lengthy Early Access period prior to reaching that fabled 1.0 milestone. There are many reasons for this, some good, other... pretty bad. But that's a topic for another time. Oh, and Nowhere Prophet is going to do something similar. Only, it's kinda different. See, this particular roguelike deck builder (there's a weird hybrid for ya!) is going for something called... first access? Wait, what?
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted (With Demo): Dark Devotion

Only doom and gloom awaits in Dark Devotion, as each encounter will put your abilities to the test; knowing when to strike, dodge, block, and perhaps even run away, is essential to surviving the temple. And not just its denizens either. No, this pesky place is also determined to end your existence, and if the first trap doesn't work... maybe the next one will? One should hope not though, as that would mean the game has won. Which would be rather... unpleasant.
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On Steam, the Week Prior: Dating, witches, food and guitars!

The rate of Steam additions slowing down? Not even remotely, as the list below this lengthy paragraph certainly proves (and those are simply personal favorites). From a rhythmic affair that's absolutely rockin' to running your own restaurant with a dragon or two for good measure, there's a lot to like here. I mean, if you're into dragons that rock dinner templates. Or something. I'll try my darnest to make more sense in my notes regarding each pick. Maybe. Probably not.
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: The Devil’s Eight – Stylish Music Driven Boss Rush

Seeing how The Devil's Eight revolves around the nine circles of hell (starting with Limbo, ending with Treachery), that 'eight' part has me ever so mildly confused. Will players be skipping a circle in this relentless musical boss rush, or are we in for some kind of clever twist as we, well, dance with the devil? Either way, according to the developer, this is not your typical rythm-based fighter, in that the player is able to move freely... the music relating more to the actions of one's opponent instead. Rock and roll!
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Avernum 3: Ruined World to Conclude the Exile Trilogy’s Second Remastering in 2018

At this point I'm starting to wonder if there's some unspoken rule regarding fantasy RPGs, how they must take place in a crumbling world. Because that's been the case for so many I've stumbled upon in recent years, and Avernum 3: Ruined World is no exception. It is also the end of Spiderweb Software's Exile trilogy though, so who knows - maybe this one is wrapped up with a 'happily ever after'? Then again, maybe not. Anything is possible in a world this vast.
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All You Can Meat: Klei Reveals Don’t Starve: Hamlet and Don’t Starve Together… Events?

If nothing else, at least we can always rely on Wilson to, well, get into trouble in new places? I mean, his trip to the high seas is a prime example of that (as well as fun times, of course), and now he's stumbled upon a portal to the Pigmen. What could possibly go wrong? Unless of course, everyone's favorite Don't Starve character gets the munchies for some bacon...
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The Fate of Xbox Live Indie Games Is Sealed (and Dated)

Almost exactly two years ago, I shared how Microsoft would be shutting down Xbox Live Indie Games this year. Incidentally, it was revealed just yesterday that the same month - this one, for those of you without a calendar (wait, what?) - will feature that dreadful day. The day after which Xbox 360 owners will no longer be able to purchase games on the platform... and it's right around the corner!
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Zombie or Ghost? Well, in Over My Dead Body (For You) You’re Both… at the Same Time!

I tell ya, video games get weirder every single day, zombies pretty much being part of every other title released. That said, it is pretty rare to actually step into the shoes of one (like in Infectonator : Hot Chase), and even less so, far as ghosts are concerned. But there's hope yet, as Over My Dead Body (For You) solves this particular conundrum... by having the player partake in the role of a zombie and a ghost... at the same time! So groovy.
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On Steam, the Week Prior: Cold War, door knocking and crumbling empires!

So... the flood gates have officially opened on Steam, it seems, given the amount of releases in the past couple of weeks. While it is great to see so many new games released, unfortunately, the rate does create a major problem: visibility. Right now I'd wager that once your game has been on Steam for 24 hours - maybe even less! - it's pretty much buried, long gone from the front page. Fast-forward a full week, and people are going to have to do some serious digging through several pages to stumble upon it, most likely. A problem I aim to solve, or at least alleviate, with this particular article series.
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This Fall, Interactive Fiction Will be Settled On the Fields of Battle In Dust and Salt

Welcome to Dust and Salt's Sin Lands, a locale in dire need of someone powerful enough to rid it of the Seven High Lords of Murk. Are you going to that would-be hero, or will you fall, leaving your father's death forever unavenged? Every choice you make matters, whether it be on the battlefield or during travels, in this constantly changing classic tale of good against evil. One man - and whatever army he can build - against seemingly impossible odds. Sounds pretty groovy to me.
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Don’t Starve Together Character Addition Revealed, Xbox One Release Imminent

A lot has happened to Klei's horror-esque multiplayer survival hit, Don't Starve Together, since its early days, including the addition of, well, an inn. No really. Oh, and of course, a PlayStation 4 port. This, in no small regard, left Xbox One owners wondering when they would get to experience the awesomeness of working with their friends or, you know, work towards getting them killed. Because the latter is totally possible, and soon... the Xbox crowd will finally be able to experience such fun times. Also, new playable character!
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Not Enough Steam Reviews! March ’17 Edition

Six months ago the month was March, the year... well, 2017, because math. Or something. What I'm getting at is that it's time to look among March's potentially overlooked Steam releases, and give my opinion - briefly - on each. Each of those that not only match specific criteria, but also managed to catch my eye in some way or form. And as always, Early Access and Virtual Reality titles will not be included.
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Get On the famicase: A Game By Its Cover 2017 Begins In Less Than 24 Hours

You know how some game jams feature overly complex rules, very specific details as to what participants are to create, how to go about it, and so on? Yeah. Not quite how A Game By Its Cover does things - at least, for its 2017 iteration. This time, both the concept and rules are extremely basic... while still ensuring it doesn't simply become a 'create whatever' jam. It's also starting in less than 24 hours at the time of writing, so I'll try to keep it brief (yeah right!).
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Off-Topic: Why it’s been months since my last review/impressions piece

As the title says, it's been several months since my last review/impressions piece (Sabre), and there's a reason for that. A good one, too. See, what should have been a simple hardware upgrade (I3 to I5, complete with a fancy new cooler) went horribly wrong, somehow. So, what happened? Well, CPU socket decided to call it quits, essentially leaving me without a computer - if not for a borrowed laptop that is. Unfortunately, said laptop's not really made for gaming, packing a rather lackluster onboard GPU, making it hard to play - and as a direct result, write about - most games. But now there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel...
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